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>> woodruff: the obama administration was on the defensive on two fronts today, facing tough questions about the i.r.s.'s scrutiny of conservative groups, and the justice department's seizure of reporters' phone records. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, we start with the i.r.s. under fire, with a criminal investigation now under way after reports its audits of tea party and other groups extended to officials in washington. >> woodruff: and we examine the clash between the first amendment and leaked classified information, after the government secretly obtained phone logs of the associated press. >> brown: then, fred de sam lazaro reports on a new approach to educate and engage millions of india's poorest students.
. thanks for joining us. captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: the obama administration was on the defensive on two fronts today, facing tough questions about the i.r.s.'s scrutiny of conservative groups, and the justice department's seizure of reporters' phone records. good evening. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, we start with the i.r.s. under fire, with a criminal investigation now under way after reports its audits of tea party and other groups extended to officials in washington.
many breaking news stories today. the first, forced out. president obama says the acting commissioner of the irs is gone tonight because of what the president calls inexcusable misconduct. irs workers unfairly targeting conservative groups applying for tax exempt status. >> americans have a right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the irs. given the power that it has and the reach that it has in all of our lives. >> shepard: the president says he is also ordering changes at the irs to make sure something like this does not happen again. wendell goler live at the white house. wendell? >> well, shep, it's not surprising heads rolled over. this house speaker john boehner signaled he would accept nothing less. the white house still hasn't decided if they should take action in anyone involved in the justice department subpoena of a.p. phone records. president talked to reporters after a meeting with treasury secretary jack lew and announced that lu -- lew had taken action. >> secretary lu took the first st
order the irs to go after conservative groups, but if it turns out mr. obama knew what was going on, that's an impeachable offense. correct. dr. mike drath, murfreesboro, illinois. the doj's acquisition of phone records is a direct attack on the first amendment. the ap elaborate kind to president obama, so this can't be a possible political hunt. bakessersfield, california, i'm 15, see violence in my school every day. thank you for covering the issue. it's getting worse as school boards become more cowardly. john bolton, monroe, louisiana. i teach high school, world history. you'd be appalled at the violence i see and the lack of canadiens placed upon the offending students. upper saddle river, new jersey, the violent 14-year-old should be allowed back in class. it's not like she said the pledge of allegiance or anything another one, the texas couple who donated chairs for our wounded amputees give us hope for america. there's information about that track chair program on, glen. we hope everybody checks it out. we're doing pretty well. still working to get all 1700 a
. subpoena. >> good evening once again. we start this half hour with president obama pledging action on those questionable irs audi audits. agency is accused of sipping licensing out the tea party and other conservative groups. hearing is now set for friday. abc news all righter jonathan karl is on the story. >> it's a movement based on the belief that every day americans have reason to fear the power of their own government. that's what jennifer a mom and conservative activity frist philadelphia said she confronted when she was grilled by the irs after trying to start her own tea party group. >> they would ask me details and i got a baby on one arm trying to feed another baby and trying to figure out how many e-mail difficult send last wee week. you see the level of detail they wanted. how many e-mails did you send. what were they. how many rally did you go to. how many event. >>reporter: extra scrutiny turns out many other conservative groups have faced over the past three years when trying to register as tax exempt organizations. ultimately had she gave up. >> chilling ef
. >> reporter: a growing number of conservatives were lining up to say they had been targeted too. conservative christian preacher franklin graham said the irs mon audited his charities after he stood up against gay marriage. in a letter to president obama, graham said, i write to inform you this profiling by the irs was not limited to conservative political organizations indeed it extended to religious charities. frank vandersloot, fund raiser for republican presidential candidate mitt romney says, the irs made his life a nightmare. >> i was faced within four months three federal audits at once. >> reporter: the administration is investigating how the irs was allowed to unfairly scrutinize tea party and other conservative groups, challenging the request for tax-exempt status. >> anybody who has broken the law will be held accountable. >> reporter: irs officials now face fbi agents showing up at their offices to interrogate them. >> my question is who is going to jail over the scandal? >> reporter: the president called for new leadership at the irs and new safeguards. he is expected to have mor
this all obama needs to do is what he did in full view. >> publicly suggest to conservative groups were engaging in at the tear just deeds publicly called out by name they would like to see harassed and pressure irs to take action. members of the senate did in fact wrote a letter please target the tea party, democratic members. so the president is inspiration for this. >> clayton: therefore peter says as the ceo for executive branch for all intenth he is the one where people take their cues from. as a ceo he would be fired with the resulting job he was been doing. listen to peter morrisey this morning. >> we are supposed to have control system in place so crises can be cut off. he is supposed to meet with people, what approximate he is going on. he has senior management meeting and they explain where their problem areas are. for example, own general counsel didn't tell him about the irs scandle. come on! or the emergency security situation in the benghazi never got to the level of secretary of state. they take their cues from him zblooyd he is the head of ford. they didn't take bailout
, president obama vows to hold the irs accountable for any targeting of conservative groups. but angry lawmakers -- and they are angry on both sides of the aisle -- demand a full investigation. >>> the president also scoffs at gop outrage over those benghazi talking points as a political, in his words, sideshow. the house oversight chairman darrell issa has been leading the charge. he's standing by and joins us live here in "the situation room". >>> and giant waves of ice 30 feet high in some places pushing ashore with a terrifying roar. and crushing lakefront homes. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situa
to the floor every day to bash the obama administration. again, trying to enhance his very conservative credentials. and he's really never talking about what his vision for the country or for kentucky are. that's why he's in such a poor standing in the state. >> congressman john yarmuth, as ever, thank you, sir. >>> stay with us. the day's top lines are coming up. >> what's become clearly apparent is a culture throughout the federal government, not just the irs but the department of justice, the state department, et cetera. that's embarrassing for the country. these are things you typically see in the third world. have a gooood nig. here youou go. you, , too. i'm goining to dream about t that steaka. i'i'm going toto dream about thatat tiramisu.u. whwhat a nightht, huh? but, u um, can thehe test drivie be over nonow? head b back to the d dealership?p? [ mamale announcncer ] it's praractically y yours. but we stitill need yourur signaturere. volklkswagen sigign then dririe is back. anand it's nevever been eaeasir to get a a passat. that's's the powerer of german n engineerining. get $0$0
. that would mean obviously the obama administration was aware of the irs targeting conservative groups during the presidential campaign. sources, though, tell our jessica yellin at the white house says it wasn't notified. the gop is crying foul. >>> first on cnn, john king has just learned the gop-led investigations into benghazi will carry on into the summer and beyond. the five chairman of the five separate house committees compared notes at a meeting organized by john boehner and eric cantor. the leadership's message, keep demanding access to documents and witnesses and keep the conspiracy theory rhetoric to a minimum. one participant in the meeting said, the facts are on our side. we can take it slow, and take it calmly. >>> now, "outfront" upfront on the woman who had her hands, her feet and her left leg amputated. but amy, and you've met her on this show a few times, is just an incredible woman. she has new prosthetic hands now. she's using them to chop vessels, iron press her hair, pick up tiny items, like skitles. she's telling us she's looking forward to cleaning house because with h
targeted conservative groups. just hours before, obama addressed the ifrp rs scandal. >> if, in fact, irs personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on, and were intelligently targeted, conservative groups, that's outrageous and no place for it. >> reporter: the agency's watchdog, expected to release a report this week that shows the irs targeted applicants that made statements that criticize how the country is being run. this as e-mails became public showing the administration changed cia talking points on terrorist involvement in the libya attack, just before the presidential election. >> the whole issue of this -- of talking points, frankly, throughout this process, has been a side show. suddenly, flee days ago, this gets spun up as if there is something new to the story. there is no there there. >> but republicans see opportunity and accusing the president of hiding the truth. >> where is the outrage all along as things like this keep happening? the pattern becoming one in which this administration is not transparent and don't seem to care if the right things a
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and received. >> mike emanuel reports >> reporter: president obamas the misconduct outlined in a report is inexcusable. >> given the power that it has, i will not take it. >> for singling out conservative groups will be held accountable. >> after meeting with his treasury second, assist decisions were made. >> the president's remarks this evening come after days of growing criticism in attacks on the administration about the irs scandal. >> my question isn't about who's going to resign. my question is whose going to jail over this scandal. >>> the irs actions and the justice department seizing of two months of phone records at the associated press were top agenda items has prosecutors tested eric holder. >> they required the secret gathering of telephone records and he has refused himself from the investigate. >> we have confirmed the deputy was the one who authorized these subpoenas. >> and this evening after months of dust you ups with republicans days after the attack on the u.s. consulate, detailing how the government let out the talking point. >> they're likely to raise even more a
's second term agenda? president obama under a cloud of scandal, as congress bears down on irs officials who targeted conservative groups. >> this week confirms everything that the american public believes. this is a huge blow to the faith and trust the american people have in their government. >> the key questions now -- who initiated the targeting and why? who else in the administration knew? and why was congress misinformed for so long? with us this morning, the president's senior adviser, dan pfeiffer, the republican leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell of kentucky, and the man leading a congressional investigation into the irs, chairman of the house ways and means committee, dave camp. and later the political fallout from benghazi and the justice department seizure of phone reports from the associated press. plus former secretary of defense donald rumsfeld returns to "meet the press." this time he's out of office and weighing in on the big issues in "rumsfeld's rules."
interests of the obama team that it so say the action was taken overwhelmingly against conservative groups. and the second thing is that the administration has had trouble telling the truth about it. as recently as just the other day you had the on his way out acting director saying on the hill argue gowing with the idea that any one was targeted and then, of course, congress asked for information which was not forthcoming when the irs higher ups found out about it in that never and congress was never told. another case where there has been difficulty telling the truth. you put the two things together and you have a combustible mix and this is the stuff from what scandals are made. the same applies might i add pair rennettically to benghazi as well. not a big deal in the middle of the campaign and thed a a menstruation had a terrible time telling -- and the administration had a terrible time delling the truth about it. >> chris: kirsten, irs? >> one of the democratic talking points out of the box was this was an irs talking point was there was a big surge that we got in applications and ha
. >> jon: mr. obama's answer or non-answer to a question about who at the white house knew and when did they know about the irs targeting conservative groups that wanted tax exempt status. one of the three scandals getting media attention this week. coverage has been decidedly mixed. "washington post" reacted with this, it was appalling to learn that the irs had improperly targeted conservative groups. it was also disturbing that jack lew hadn't jiofd to the american people. couple this from the "new york times." irs focused on conservatives gives g.o.p. an issue to seize on. apparently for the times, it's all about the politics. [ laughter ] >> right. look, this story is moving so quickly, just on friday they were having hearings on this. it's almost impossible to keep up with the number of revelations. it does appear, though, there is a pattern with the white house and jay carney who has a difficult job these days. whatever it is, we only learned about it in the paper that morning. give us time while we come up with answers before we give you one. >> jon: let's go to rick who has been
that i think republicans were upset about. so republicans saw this picture of obama officials willing to talk about classified information to the media in a way that boosted the president's election prospects. there's a bit of an irony here in that conservatives were furious. they were demanding very strong investigations. i guess they didn't specifically say that the press's phones should be tapped or phone records should be seized. >> they weren't tapped. they weren't tapped. >> no. they weren't tapped. what i'm saying is they weren't calling for a crackdown on the press, per se, but there is a little bit of an irony here of the conservative criticism of the administration for following through on the kind of tough investigation they were calling for. >> let's take a look at carl bernstein, what he said on "morning joe" this morning. >> it's totally inexcusable that this administration has been terrible on this subject from the beginning. the object of it is to intimidate people who talk to reporters. this was an accident waiting to become a nuclear event. and now it's happened. thi
the phone records you got the irs targeting conservative groups, all of this has the obama administration on the defensive. and some say almost passive really in letting it all unfold outside their little realm. >> and the big question, you know, you've got republicans who are now drawing comparisons to these scandals during the nixon years, they are pushing some of these investigation. and then first on cnn hear our dana bash she has just learned we have all 45 republican senators sending a letter to the president essentially saying you need to cooperate with the irs investigations. >> demanding it. and also today the house speaker john boehner said what the agency did was criminal. >> the irs has admitted to targeting conservatives, even if the white house continues to be stuck on the word if. now, my question isn't about who's going to resign. my question is, who's going to jail over this scandal? >> so we want to get a sense of how the white house is responding to this. want to bring in jessica yellin and gloria borger. jess, yesterday's briefing kind of reminiscent of the briefings y
. barak obama i'm sure did not order the irs to go and look at these conservative groups. but the tone is set from the top of the administration. highly parmesan, highly political, win at all cost. barak obama did not tell that sort of outside advocacy group to call mitt romney a murderer. >> neil: let me ask you this. >> they still did. >> neil: looking at the market through these revelations and allegation, why do your friends on wall street seem to be either ignoring this or saying -- or buying on this on the idea it might stymie the president's spending plans? what's going on? >> i think the markets are reacting to other things. watergate clearly, when it was happening, i saw the chart you showed with teddy, it was a national crisis. imparalleled the presidency. it's not even close. there is other issues. we have a much -- >> neil: the markets seem to be saying it won't be that. >> by the way, the fed is printing money. >> neil: moving on. very true. >> for the market. maybe not for the economy. here is one thing, the deficit is shrinking. you sit around with green eye shades all t
numerous groups that were targeted that were conservative groups. can you tell me whether obama for america, organizing for america, occupy wall street, or any of the progress of group has been targeted in the last three- four years by the irs? >> we are at the beginning of the investigation so i don't know what groups were targeted. all i know is what i have read about in the press. we are at the beginning stages of this investigation. >> you find out if it was only conservative groups? i think it is important and strange that it is only one political group about the other kind of political group. can you find out for our committee? >> the investigation would be designed to find out which groups were looked at and make sure that if they were looked at it was done on an appropriate basis. if it was inappropriate, then hold people accountable and that would be done regardless of whether they are conservative or liberal, republican or democratic. >> if you find out they were on the conservative, can you find out why? i'm going to read to you a quote that you stated that badger contempt of con
, chris, this comes within the context of really a horrible week politically for president obama, whether you're talking about the investigation into benghazi and scrutiny of the administration's role or perhaps, more importantly, the irs unfairly and inappropriately, according to the obama administration itself, targeting conservative groups, and then of course you have the third story about the department of justice subpoenaing records from the associated press in a leak investigation. a lot of people think that is very heavy-handed tactics to go after the associated presses phone records like that. on top of all that, you now have the story of two terror suspects getting out of the control and getting out of the eyesight of the government agency that is supposed to be keeping a watch on them, chris. >> jake, you may have opened up the one that is going to worry americans the most because i believe somewhere else in that report it said that the witsec, witness security part of this program, wasn't aware of how many people they were monitoring. so while they're saying there are two that
into that. president obama facing ongoing questions is it stemming from the irs's targeting of conservative groups. with the first of several hearings set to kick off today, a second irs official is stepping down. he follows the agency's acting commissioner who announced his resignation earlier this week. now a white house budget official will take over the irs. meanwhile we've learned the irs staffer that wa er ther that in tea party groups were targeted is now in charge. >> bob woodward, the first time you've been back since all of these -- we're not exactly sure, do you call them scandals? do you call them elapses? we're not sure what you call them, but what do you make of what's happened over the past week and a half? >> starting with the irs, what's the impact? >> okay. well it's a big mess, obviously. i know there have been these comparison to watergate. i would say not yet, joe. you've made the point which i think is absolutely correct that you've got to investigate all of these things. the congress, the obama administration itself, needs to dig in to find out exactly what happened.
president obama named miller's replacement, white house budget official daniel werfel. he is expected to stay on through september. president obama says it was only last week that he learned about the extra scrutiny given to conservative groups that were seeking tax-exempt status. >> the minute i found out about it, then my main focus is making sure that we get the thing fixed. >> house speaker john boehner and other republicans are calling for a criminal investigation. >>> meanwhile, the president is pledging to leave no stone unturned to reduce sexual assaults in the armed forces. he held a meeting yesterday with military leaders. according to pentagon estimates, up to 26,000 military members may have been sexually abused last year. meanwhile, on capitol hill, bipartisan support is growing for an overhaul of the military justice system. >>> 4:47. a hitchhiker became an internet hero is now accused of murder. 24-year-old caleb mcgillvary is accused of beating a new jersey lawyer to death. he was arrested last night in philadelphia. mcgillvary found instant fame in february after usin
. >>> already taking heat for the benghazi response and the the irs targeting of conservatives the obama administration today faced growing outrage for collecting the phone records of a.p. journalists. then the attorney general eric holder dropped a bombshell saying the subpoenas were in response to an extraordinary leak that posed the great threat. he said to the american people. let's go straight to our crime and justice correspondent joe johns for the latest. >> reporter: wolf, the justice department's sweeping subpoena of media telephone records was just highly unusual especially in a town like washington d.c. where you know the exchange of sensitive information is purely part of the fabric. but the attorney general made the case today that the leak of sensitive information that started this investigation was extraordinary in and of itself. the top law enforcement officer in the country says a leak of sensitive information was so serious that the justice department was justified in issuing a sweeping subpoena for telephone records from reporters and an editor of the associated press
for being with us. all in with chris hayes starts right now. >>> good evening from new york. president obama said the irs should be prepared for a full investigation after targeting conservative groups. tonight, we have the results of the investigation and it's a stunning look at an organization and bureaucracy completely overwhelmed in the aftermath of citizens united. plus, i'll tell you about angelina jolie's brave admission "the new york times" and the spotlight it shines on health care and three, a revelation from newt gingrich that is as jaw dropping as the time he was leaving the polls, but lest you still not believe that today was a really large, massive, big, enormous news day, we begin with the rare and remarkable occurrence. simultaneous top level super newsy press conferences. this is during andrea mitchell's 1:00 p.m. show, sim ul casting the live white house briefing with jay carney and the press conference being held by eric holder. andrea did not have the sound up on both press con trenss at the same time, although that would have been awesome and kind of fun. here's what it
sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> ifill: the obama administration was back on the defensive today, as attorney general eric holder faced questions on capitol hill over the i.r.s.'s targeting of conservative groups and the secret seizure of the a.p.'s phone records. good evening, i'm gwen ifill. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the "newshour" tonight, we follow up with a closer look at the i.r.s.'s independence and new developments on the story. >> ifill: then, margaret warner reports on more troubling allegations of sexual assaults in the military, as leaders charged with protecting victims are accused of abuse. >> brown: spencer michels has the story of a push by the san francisco police to increase the use of surveillance cameras in the city in the wake of the boston bombings. >> everybody likes video, juries
neil/lehrer productions >> ifill: the obama administration was back on the defensive today, as attorney general eric holder faced questions on capitol hill over the i.r.s.'s targeting of conservative groups and the secret seizure of the a.p.'s phone records. good evening, i'm gwen ifill. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the "newshour" tonight, we follow up with a closer look at the i.r.s.'s independence and new developments on the story. >> ifill: then, margaret warner reports on more troubling allegations of sexual assaults in the military, as leaders charged with protecting victims are accused of abuse.
card that keeps up with you. chase liquid. so you can. >>> president obama made good on his promise to hold the irs responsible for targeting conservative political groups. in a live address we brought you here on ktvu, the president said he is starting at the top. >> by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the irs, because given the controversy surrounding this audit, it's important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward. >> the audit the president referred to is an inspector general watch dog report that blamed ineffective management for the scandal. the irs placed tea party groups under extra attack scrutiny. feguords toha a said he s or in the future. >>> before president obama's announcement today, congress also tackled the irs controversy. lawmakers fired a barrage of questions at the u.s. attorney general, eric holder. scott macfarlane was in the front row of that hearing. >> the attorney general of the united states sitting here, just a few feet away from the congressman questioning him. they opened fire a
under fire on multiple fronts, president obama took on one of the controversies directly, the president expressing anger that the irs improperly screened conservative groups. >> i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency, but especially in the irs given the power that it has and the reach that it has in all of our lives. >> reporter: the president personally announced that the acting irs commissioner, steven miller, is out. the resignation coming after an explosion of outrage. >> my question is, who's going to jail? >> reporter: the scandal keeps growing. more conservatives have come forward claiming they too were targeted by the irs. the preacher, franklin graham, suggested the irs audited his charities after he stood up against gay marriage. fighting another toxic topic, the white house finally gave in to republican demands and released the e-mails among officials in the days after the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. they show, as abc news reported, that talking points underwent 12 revisions, many of the changes made after the state department expressed c
questions. president obama is cleaning house at the irs, acting commissioner steven miller is out and more heads could roll in the scandal over the irs targeting of conservative political groups. >> it's inexcusable. americans are right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate the behavior. >> miller is one of three officials asking whether they were giving scrutiny to tea party groups or denied it. some lawmakers are asking whether the white house encouraged the targeting of conservative groups during the election cycle. >> where did that come from? did this come from a directive? we need the answers now. >> reporter: miller is scheduled to testify on friday before the house ways and means committee. it will be the first of a series of hearings into irs conduct. the misconduct started in 2010 at an irs office in cincinnati, where specialists determined whether organizations qualify for tax exempt status. that's where they began screening application, using the search words tea party, 9/12 and pattiot. three committees are investigating the matter. attorney general
. great to have you guys here. the person in charge of the irs division that was targeting conservative groups is not going to handle the healthcare part of obama care of the irs how concerned should americans be? >> they should be very concerned. they should be concerned obama care is rammed through congress in the first place. now that people are paying attention and realizing i am paying how much in taxes it's going to cost us how much? irs is the most feared agency in the world next to the kbg. they are forcing everyone to have health insurance. it is a disaster. this woman got 103,000 dollars in bonuses tax payer funded money and she was promoted and she over saw the targeting of conservative groups and religious groups and she is getting basically a promotion. you are telling me no one is getting on here? >> before the weighs and means committee said with a straight face the reason it was happening is because they were trying to be so efficient. >> what's the promotion point. steven miller was fired he's gone. i understand obama does not -- did not take him out in the middle of ti
caucus. it wasn't just the tea party that was targeted by the obama administration through the irs. it was also christians. people that support israel. people that are pro-growth and pro jobs, anti-debt. people that are conservatives. people that are tea partiers. this was an instance where we saw political opponents of this administration that are punished for their religious beliefs whereas the allies of the administration were given rewards. they were fast tracked for o their tax status. of course, we should be worried because a new national database is about to be created that will hold sensitive intimate information, our healthcare. the irs will be the enforcer of healthcare so it's reasonable to ask. >> eric: and they will be able to decide how much companies are required to carry in terms of healthcare. who gets fined, how much they get fined, they can literally they may do the same thing with the obamacare and literally drive certain ideologies, certain political groups out of business? >> you perfectly stated the concerns of the american people. i used to work as a federal
the same irs that targeted conservative groups will be the one enforcing the obama care disaster with fines." i should also point out, by the way, the irs still refuses to tell america what it knows about benghazi as well. don't tell me you're speechless again, ryan. >> i mean, look, the irs, you know, in 2007, you know, the irs had gone after a bunch of liberal groups. now it's 2009, 2010, started going after a bunch of conservative groups. nobody likes the irs. it's the meanest, it's the cruelest agency out there. nobody wants to get a letter from them. so you're not going to have anybody coming to their defense. so, you know, it will have a blowback in a couple of ways. one is, right, it is going to be tougher for the irs to implement elements of health care reform. also, it's groups like priorities usa, the koch brothers, crossroads. those are the ones that are really celebrating because they were in carl levin's crosshairs. he was launching a two-year investigation into how the irs has just let them behave however they wanted in the political sphere and conceal their donors and do all
conservative churches. famously in 2004 the naacp saw its tax status threatened by the irs explicitly on the basis of them criticizing the presidency of george w. bush. tonight president obama says he wants the treasury secretary to hold accountable those responsible for subjecting conservative groups to extra scrutiny and delays in their applications to the irs for tax-exempt status. is it appropriate to contexturalize this current irs scandal amid the history, the long sordid dirty history using that agency and others as a tool of clear political warfare? or is this something else? joining us now for the interview is dan rather. he's anchor and managing editor of "dan rather reports" on axs tv. his latest report is operation streamline. mr. rather, thanks for being here. >> always a pleasure to be here. >> what is your big picture perspective on how big a scandal this current irs scandal is and how it relates to the very overt uses of the irs for political ends that we've seen from other presidencies? >> well, first of all, no one should be surprised as you laid out. administrations
're hearing from so many parts of the country, there was so much intervention against so many conservatives implies there was something happening here at higher levels. i think obama at least has to begin to deflect the heat by letting people go. there's got to be that in this announcement. it's not going do be enough, but if it's nothing except words people will be extremely angry. >> bret: judge? >> charles is on the mark. the white house is bleeding credibility as we speak. the irs touches everybody, some more deeplin others. there's simply no justification what, there's no defense that's conceivable that he could make to the federal government tax collectors making decisions for the exercise of their official powers based on the political speech of those who file documents with them. the american public will never accept that on either side of the aisle. >> bret: the ig's report says this does not go outside the irs. the ig's report says this was not politically motivated. that's what carney was asked about today. >> that's a stretch that it was not politically motivated. look, if they'
hearings that will dig into the irs matter and targeting of conservative groups opposed to president obama's agenda. bill: the president has shown the acting chief, steven miller, out the door. he is here today. we will hear from him. he was retiring in a few weeks
. obama's second term agenda. >> my question is who is going to jail over the scandal? >> geraldo: the targeting of the irs by the tea party and other conservatives. >> was the irs using inappropriate criteria in its review of organizations applying for tax exempt status? yes. was the irs delaying their applications? yes, and finally, did the irs ask unnecessary and inappropriate questions of applicants. again, yes. >> it was inadvertent. just some odd underlings out of cincinnati that did this and there was no political motive whatever involved. the question is how stupid do they think we are? >> geraldo: stupid or crafty, the second scandal plaguing the administration is still the spin the state department put on benghazi. >> ongoing obsession with talking points and benghazi and the attempts to politicize that. constitute a side show driven interests.or largely by >> the fact that the state department was intimately involved in this and they were taking out factual information because they were worried about the political ramifications of that, i think that is a pretty importan
targeting conservative groups like the tea he party. you know it is bad when president obama says hey, why don't we talk about some gazi? >> having fun. >> geraldo: the next guest a ceo group targeted by the clinton era offed irs. karrie is a coordinator of the tea party patriots and what concerns her now is that sarah ingram who was in charge of tax exemptions during the time the tea party was targeted now as you have probably heard, ladies and gentlemen, heading up the irs office overseeing obamacare. ladies, welcome. why does ra sarah ingram's newb bother you so? >> the enforcement is going to come out of the irs. if the woman who was in charge while people were targeted for political ideologies and is now in charge of that portion of the irs, the obama care part of the irs how do we know that our sensitive health information is safe there? will it be exploited? will we be discriminated against again based on our health? these are life and death decisions, not just tax questions. >> geraldo: you are fearful she would breech the most basic confidences and use your health information for
of jennifer rubin's point that the conservative media, which some say see everything that obama does as a scandal was on to this sort of thing early and complaining about tea party a groups getting extra scrutiny and the media slow to catch up on this one? >> everythingen with en wivery. i want to correct one point. >> i don't think he answered the question. >> 85% of these organizations that apply for the tax exempt status they were conservative organizations. so, all of us believe that everybody across the board should be audited if they want to claim tax exempt status. if by nature 85% of them would be conservatives. >> he's ignoring the fact, howard. infa the fact is that these groups are specifically targeted and they had conservative buzz words in them and didn't use progressive as a screening device and they didn't use other environmental phrases. this was a set of words that were screened to specifically get a conservative groups. no one other than david is disputing that. >> let me go back to david. you did slide around my question. everyone is reporting it now. was there a
moves on a bipartisan immigration overall among conservatives and what the effort will cost and how to proceed. we'll break down the numbers and the politics and growing gop opposition to president obama's labor pick. could the nomination of thomas perez be in trouble? >>> welcome to the journal editorial report. i'm paul gigot. riveting testimony about the deadly assault on the u.s. mission in benghazi. gregory hicks gave an emotional recount of the night of september 12th, 2012. it draws new attention surrounding the attack and how the administration handled its aftermath. >> when ambassador stevens talked to you minutes before he died as a dying declaration, what precisely did he say to you? >> he said, greg, we're under attack. >> did he mention one word about a protest or a demonstration? >> no, sir, he did not. >> so fast forward, to the sunday talk shows and ambassador susan rice. she blamed the attack on the video and she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. i was embarrassed. >> joining the panel this week, wall stre
obama couldn't have got it when it was leaked on monday? this report talks about how they inaprot appropriately targeted conservatives. they called into question the irs's impartiality. about how the management has been ineffective provided inefficient oversight exposed the lawsuits. does not consider its concerns to be resolved by what the irs has said in response to him on this. i don't understand. the i.g. takes an independent objective look at the agency over a period of months. conducts an audit, reaches these conclusions in black and white and says you did it then the irs doesn't come out and say no, we didn't. they are saying you are right, we did it. that's all in the i.g. report. not only does the irs say you are right we did it. we will do these things to try to fix it we still have the president saying if they did it, if they did it, if they did it, then there is going to be fall-out. >> if the target of abuse in this case is the president's political enemies, whether the president ordered it or not, it means that independent oversight is necessary. there is no other wa
the conservatives is now been placed in charged of the obama care. >> obama care. >> unit. responsible for dealing with people's information. so that is a little chilling. and lois learner, let's talk about her. she got a lot of press today. why sh nt hasn't she been fired? they owe could you seed her of repeatedly lying to congress. they said she had testified to them recently. she came before congress on wednesday, may 8th and asked in part about these items that we have been -- you know, that the ig was investigating. didn't say anything about them. didn't offer any truthful testimony on those subjects. and then two days later on friday, she now -- now they have admitted planted a question at a public event that she was attending. and had somebody ask her about it and then she comes out and says oh, yeah, we did it. but we didn't do it with any malice. and that we're sorry. >> yeah. it's not part -- she also said and so did miller today. this isn't partisan activity. it's just we were looking at the positions these groups advocated were which sounded partisan to me. that was good. i thought you
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guy. the rep tailings of the obama white house has, among conservativ conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister and among liberals from unsatisfying to dangerous." how damage is this scandal potentially for the president in thatting a august just mentioned? >> he has to deal with it promptly and he has done that he fired two people. he has moved in and said this is outrageous, i'm gonna get rid of people that do that and moved on it is not like a burglary that was committed by the nixon white house and then was covered up. no comparison whatsoever. most people don't remember the facts but the facts are not the same today as they were 40 years ago. >> congressman mcdermott, thank you. appreciate your time on this saturday. >> you're welcome. >>> the white house is amping up its efforts to get out ahead of the trio. of trouble that plagued the obama administration for a week now. white house adviser dan five letter run the gauntlet tomorrow, dispatched to do five separate sunday political talk shows and with his second term agenda in a precarious position, to say the least, his boss t
.r.s. was not honing in on conservative groups. >> pelley: more to come, nancy. thank you very much. in his news conference today, president obama seemed to have lost his patience with questions about the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed when militants attacked there last year. congressional republicans are investigating whether the administration was honest about what happened at the time that mr. obama was running for reelection. bill plante is at the white house for us tonight. bill? >> reporter: scott, the to review those e-mails discussing how that controversy was being responded to months ago and he criticized it, saying there's no there there. >> two to three days after susan rice appeared on the sunday shows-- using these talking point which have been the source of all this controversy-- i sent up the head of our national counterterrorism center, matt olson, up to capitol hill and specifically said it was an act of terrorism and that extremist elements inside of libya had been involved in it. so if this was some effort on o
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